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20 Outstanding NYC Hotel Bars

Stunning views and hidden cocktail dens make these spots worth a staycation

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| Gary He/Eater

In the largest city in the United States, hotel bars are much more than convenient pit stops for weary travelers. They’re often destinations in their own right, catering to tourists and locals who want a taste of the best that cocktail culture has to offer, in a serene environment suitable for a work meeting or a romantic night out — or simply a nicer happy hour. From a rooftop in Williamsburg to the rarefied air of an Upper East Side piano bar, these are New York’s finest hotel drinking experiences.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bemelmans Bar, The Carlyle

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35 E 76th St
New York, NY 10075
(212) 744-1600
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A holdover from a more luxurious, expense account-fueled Manhattan nightlife of the past, Bemelmans in the Upper East Side’s historic Carlyle retains its unique charm. City socialites come to enjoy the piano bar’s legendary talent and gawk at the original murals by Ludwig Bemelmans. Service and cocktails are top of the line — as are the prices. Be aware there’s a cover charge when trios start performing around 9 p.m.

Murals on the wall at Bemelmans Bar
Bemelmans Bar
Bemelmans Bar [Official Photo]

2. The Office NYC

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80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023
(212) 805-8800
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What this decadent speakeasy lacks in views — hidden behind The Mandarin Hotel’s other cocktail lounge, the Aviary, which offers panoramic windows of Central Park — it makes up for in an extensive collection of vintage spirits and attentive, customized service. Order the “dealer’s choice” to receive a drink tailored specifically to your tastes; just be prepared to also pay top-dollar for it. Reservations can be made online with a $20 deposit per person.

3. King Cole Bar, The St. Regis New York

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2 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 339-6857
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Legend has it that the bloody mary was popularized in America at the St. Regis, when in 1934 a bartender introduced a concoction known as the Red Snapper. It’s the signature drink all these years later at the ultra-high-end King Cole, with its giant mural that makes the well-heeled regulars seem like royalty. The thing to get is the Mary Terranean, a bloody mary riff made with Grey Goose vodka, olive oil, and fresh basil and oregano. At $25, it’s a singular taste of New York opulence. Proper attire is required after 4 p.m.

King Cole Bar
King Cole Bar
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4. The Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysée

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60 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 288-1010
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Less bar than restaurant, Monkey Bar is nevertheless a central rendezvous point for the more well-connected among Manhattan’s fashion and media circles. Relaunched by Graydon Carter in 2009, its brass monkeys and cartoonish mural provide a window into the city’s past, but cocktails under the guidance of Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club) and a food menu of American classics give the place a well-deserved second life.

The Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar
Hotel Elysée

5. The Rum House, The Hotel Edison

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228 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(646) 490-6924
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The renowned piano bar Rum House is everything its Times Square surroundings aren’t: cozy, low-key, simple, and timeless. In addition to the extensive rum list, cocktails of all kinds are worth exploring while enjoying the casually fantastic live music.

The Rum House
The Rum House
The Rum House

6. Blue Bar, The Algonquin Hotel

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59 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-6800
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The Algonquin’s historic bar is as much a museum as it is a drinking spot. The hotel was the site of lunches and many rounds of drinks for the literary Algonquin Round Table, which included Dorothy Parker. Now the Blue Bar is awash in blue lighting that makes for a neat refuge from Times Square while nursing a martini with top-shelf gin.

Blue Bar
Blue Bar
Blue Bar

7. The Bar Downstairs, Andaz 5th Avenue

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485 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 601-1234
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Hotels provide some of the more magical hideouts in the tourist-overrun Times Square. That’s especially true of the subterranean lair at the Andaz 5th Avenue, where a boisterous crowd digs into Latin-influenced dishes and a comprehensive drinks menu, including affordable wines and excellent, whimsically named cocktails like the gin-based “Infinite Wisdom” and the rye-forward “Where There’s Smoke.”

The Bar Downstairs
The Bar Downstairs
Andaz 5th Avenue

8. The Raines Law Room at The William

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24 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016
(646) 837-6779
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When the beloved Chelsea speakeasy Raines Law Room is too crowded, consider its second location in Midtown’s William hotel. Mixology veteran Meaghan Dorman once again oversees the bar, which mixes up inventive cocktails like make-your-own old fashioneds and the “Sable” (reposado tequila, coffee liquor, dash of maple, mole bitters). With an interior that seems modeled after a fabulous Victorian living room, it’s a solid way to get away from modern life.

The Raines Law Room at The William
The Raines Law Room at The William
The Raines Law Room at The William

9. 1986 Est. Wine Bar & Lounge, Hotel Stanford

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43 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 563-1500
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1986 Est. is an intimate speakeasy hidden amid the raucous karaoke lounges of Korea Way. On the second floor of the otherwise nondescript Hotel Stanford, the bar’s presentation is charmingly disjointed, throwing together cartoon art with sassy captions, a self-playing piano, and snug leather seating. Those in-the-know sneak away for the daily happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which generously cuts the prices of wine, beer, and well drinks in half.

1986 Est.
1986 Est.
Hotel Stanford

10. The Lobby Bar, Ace Hotel New York

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20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-2222
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The people-watching alone makes the Ace Hotel’s Lobby Bar worth a visit. The roomy, versatile space serves as a bustling office for the city’s hip creative types during the day, while at night throngs of stylish New Yorkers and visitors alike mingle and enjoy music courtesy of rotating DJs. In addition to cocktails and surprisingly affordable beer — available in buckets — the Lobby offers Stumptown coffee. It’s easy to imagine spending an entire evening on one of the cozy couches or chairs without getting bored. Reservations available for large parties only.

Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
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11. The Library, The NoMad Hotel

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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The NoMad’s library provides a hushed, stately escape amid Flatiron’s frenetic goings-on. Its eccentric book selection is spread across two floors, connected by an original spiral staircase imported from France. Grab something to read and enjoy a menu of wine, cocktails, and finger foods. Get there early, though, as it’s reserved for hotel guests after 4 p.m. Then wander over to the buzzing NoMad Bar for the rich chicken pot pie studded with black truffle and foie gras.

The NoMad Hotel Library
The NoMad Hotel Library
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12. The Standard Biergarten, The Standard

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848 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-4100
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The secret about the Standard Biergarten is out, but the cheerful vibe is still infectious. Tucked underneath the High Line, the ground-floor beer garden is packed with young day-drinkers guzzling German brews and chowing down on exceptional bites from chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, including sausages and giant pretzels with mustard. Line up for a game of ping pong or foosball. The space is mercifully heated during colder months. For a more luxe experience, check out the Standard’s exclusive penthouse clubs, Le Bain and The Top of the Standard.

The Standard Biergarten
The Standard Biergarten
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13. Rose Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel

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2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 920-3300
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With its high ceiling, grand chandelier, checkered floor, and velvet chairs, Rose Bar could be an art piece even without the Julian Schnabel-curated works adorning the walls. It’s an ideal date spot, but be prepared to pay hefty prices for the cocktails. Reservations are available until 9 p.m., when the space becomes invitation-only, though the adjacent Jade Bar does nearly as well.

Gramercy Park Hotel Rose Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel Rose Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel

14. The Marlton Hotel

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5 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 321-0100
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The Marlton’s cocktail bar is a quiet, understated affair tucked away in the hotel’s lobby between the check-in desk and its French-Mediterranean cafe, Margaux. The bar menu includes various well-crafted cocktails, like the smooth Greenwich Gold (bourbon, honey, lemon, allspice dram), and mastered classics like the old fashioned. In winter time, the lobby fireplace roars and seats surrounding it are in high demand.

Red stools in front of a marble bar The Marlton [Official Photo]

15. The Lobby Bar, The Bowery Hotel

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335 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-9100
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The lack of a real name for the Bowery Hotel’s bar doesn’t do justice to its otherworldly aesthetic. Ornate rugs cover nearly every inch of the floor, chairs have gargoyles carved on their backs, and a dreamy outdoor patio hosts daytime meetings and romantic outings, complete with stiff, proper cocktails. Space is prioritized for hotel guests, but the public is welcome during less-busy hours.

The Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar
The Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar
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16. The Roof, PUBLIC

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215 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 735-6000
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Hotelier Ian Schrager packed up and moved his Public concept from Chicago to New York’s Lower East Side in 2017. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet accessible, with large spaces designed for both business and goofing off. An airy lobby bar has a pool table and plenty of comfy seating options, while the more intimate Diego aims to be a next-generation gentleman’s club and offers food from famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But the crown jewel is the roof, where 360-degree views of the city form the backdrop for the sexy, candlelit bar.

Public Hotel The Roof
Public Hotel The Roof
PUBLIC

17. Westlight, The William Vale

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22nd, 111 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 307-7100
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Situated on the 22nd floor of the William Vale, Westlight manages to outdo the Wythe with a sweeping outlook on a wraparound terrace. From Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality, Westlight’s modern design touches and thoughtfully executed food and drinks put it far above the standard rooftop lounge. Stick to classic cocktails rather than overpriced original concoctions.

18. Lemon’s

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8006
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The team behind Greenpoint hit Chez Ma Tante took over the Wythe Hotel rooftop to create a space reminiscent of Italy’s colorful Amalfi Coast, complete with summery cocktails. The interior’s warm yellow walls, wicker lamps, and plants galore evoke the feel of a luxe sunroom. Large-format drinks for four and plush outdoor seating areas make the bar a popular spot for groups looking to spend an afternoon sipping and snacking. Sunset, though, is the best time to take advantage of the view of Manhattan’s skyline, whether from inside the bar or out on the wraparound patio.

The plant-filled bar at Lemon’s at the Wythe Hotel Lemon’s [Official Photo]

19. The Lobby Bar, The Ludlow Hotel

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180 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 432-1818
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Adjoining the Dirty French bistro run by the Major Food Group team (Carbone, Parm), the Ludlow Hotel’s snug lounge serves drinks from acclaimed bar director Thomas Waugh. Visitors and guests can take a break by the fireplace to enjoy adventurous cocktails, or wander out to the idyllic outdoor patio in warmer months.

The Ludlow Hotel Lobby Bar
The Ludlow Hotel Lobby Bar
The Ludlow Hotel

20. The Bar Room, The Beekman

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5 Beekman St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 658-1848
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Downtown hotel bars fight to be the hottest destination of the moment, but the Beekman’s Bar Room all the way down in the Financial District is a drinking oasis with little competition. Part of the hotel’s Tom Colicchio-run restaurant Temple Court, the bar is located at the bottom of a nine-story, Victorian-style atrium that stops first-time visitors in their tracks. Classic cocktails pair perfectly with the literary, vintage decor.

The Beekman Bar Room
The Beekman Bar Room
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1. Bemelmans Bar, The Carlyle

35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10075
Murals on the wall at Bemelmans Bar
Bemelmans Bar
Bemelmans Bar [Official Photo]

A holdover from a more luxurious, expense account-fueled Manhattan nightlife of the past, Bemelmans in the Upper East Side’s historic Carlyle retains its unique charm. City socialites come to enjoy the piano bar’s legendary talent and gawk at the original murals by Ludwig Bemelmans. Service and cocktails are top of the line — as are the prices. Be aware there’s a cover charge when trios start performing around 9 p.m.

35 E 76th St
New York, NY 10075

2. The Office NYC

80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023

What this decadent speakeasy lacks in views — hidden behind The Mandarin Hotel’s other cocktail lounge, the Aviary, which offers panoramic windows of Central Park — it makes up for in an extensive collection of vintage spirits and attentive, customized service. Order the “dealer’s choice” to receive a drink tailored specifically to your tastes; just be prepared to also pay top-dollar for it. Reservations can be made online with a $20 deposit per person.

80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

3. King Cole Bar, The St. Regis New York

2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
King Cole Bar
King Cole Bar
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Legend has it that the bloody mary was popularized in America at the St. Regis, when in 1934 a bartender introduced a concoction known as the Red Snapper. It’s the signature drink all these years later at the ultra-high-end King Cole, with its giant mural that makes the well-heeled regulars seem like royalty. The thing to get is the Mary Terranean, a bloody mary riff made with Grey Goose vodka, olive oil, and fresh basil and oregano. At $25, it’s a singular taste of New York opulence. Proper attire is required after 4 p.m.

2 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022

4. The Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysée

60 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
The Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar
Hotel Elysée

Less bar than restaurant, Monkey Bar is nevertheless a central rendezvous point for the more well-connected among Manhattan’s fashion and media circles. Relaunched by Graydon Carter in 2009, its brass monkeys and cartoonish mural provide a window into the city’s past, but cocktails under the guidance of Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club) and a food menu of American classics give the place a well-deserved second life.

60 E 54th St
New York, NY 10022

5. The Rum House, The Hotel Edison

228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
The Rum House
The Rum House
The Rum House

The renowned piano bar Rum House is everything its Times Square surroundings aren’t: cozy, low-key, simple, and timeless. In addition to the extensive rum list, cocktails of all kinds are worth exploring while enjoying the casually fantastic live music.

228 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

6. Blue Bar, The Algonquin Hotel

59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Blue Bar
Blue Bar
Blue Bar

The Algonquin’s historic bar is as much a museum as it is a drinking spot. The hotel was the site of lunches and many rounds of drinks for the literary Algonquin Round Table, which included Dorothy Parker. Now the Blue Bar is awash in blue lighting that makes for a neat refuge from Times Square while nursing a martini with top-shelf gin.

59 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

7. The Bar Downstairs, Andaz 5th Avenue

485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
The Bar Downstairs
The Bar Downstairs
Andaz 5th Avenue

Hotels provide some of the more magical hideouts in the tourist-overrun Times Square. That’s especially true of the subterranean lair at the Andaz 5th Avenue, where a boisterous crowd digs into Latin-influenced dishes and a comprehensive drinks menu, including affordable wines and excellent, whimsically named cocktails like the gin-based “Infinite Wisdom” and the rye-forward “Where There’s Smoke.”

485 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018

8. The Raines Law Room at The William

24 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
The Raines Law Room at The William
The Raines Law Room at The William
The Raines Law Room at The William

When the beloved Chelsea speakeasy Raines Law Room is too crowded, consider its second location in Midtown’s William hotel. Mixology veteran Meaghan Dorman once again oversees the bar, which mixes up inventive cocktails like make-your-own old fashioneds and the “Sable” (reposado tequila, coffee liquor, dash of maple, mole bitters). With an interior that seems modeled after a fabulous Victorian living room, it’s a solid way to get away from modern life.

24 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016

9. 1986 Est. Wine Bar & Lounge, Hotel Stanford

43 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
1986 Est.
1986 Est.
Hotel Stanford

1986 Est. is an intimate speakeasy hidden amid the raucous karaoke lounges of Korea Way. On the second floor of the otherwise nondescript Hotel Stanford, the bar’s presentation is charmingly disjointed, throwing together cartoon art with sassy captions, a self-playing piano, and snug leather seating. Those in-the-know sneak away for the daily happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which generously cuts the prices of wine, beer, and well drinks in half.

43 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

10. The Lobby Bar, Ace Hotel New York

20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
Ace Hotel New York/Facebook

The people-watching alone makes the Ace Hotel’s Lobby Bar worth a visit. The roomy, versatile space serves as a bustling office for the city’s hip creative types during the day, while at night throngs of stylish New Yorkers and visitors alike mingle and enjoy music courtesy of rotating DJs. In addition to cocktails and surprisingly affordable beer — available in buckets — the Lobby offers Stumptown coffee. It’s easy to imagine spending an entire evening on one of the cozy couches or chairs without getting bored. Reservations available for large parties only.

20 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

11. The Library, The NoMad Hotel

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
The NoMad Hotel Library
The NoMad Hotel Library
Benoit Linero/The NoMad Hotel/Facebook

The NoMad’s library provides a hushed, stately escape amid Flatiron’s frenetic goings-on. Its eccentric book selection is spread across two floors, connected by an original spiral staircase imported from France. Grab something to read and enjoy a menu of wine, cocktails, and finger foods. Get there early, though, as it’s reserved for hotel guests after 4 p.m. Then wander over to the buzzing NoMad Bar for the rich chicken pot pie studded with black truffle and foie gras.

1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

12. The Standard Biergarten, The Standard

848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
The Standard Biergarten
The Standard Biergarten
Markus Marty/The Standard

The secret about the Standard Biergarten is out, but the cheerful vibe is still infectious. Tucked underneath the High Line, the ground-floor beer garden is packed with young day-drinkers guzzling German brews and chowing down on exceptional bites from chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, including sausages and giant pretzels with mustard. Line up for a game of ping pong or foosball. The space is mercifully heated during colder months. For a more luxe experience, check out the Standard’s exclusive penthouse clubs, Le Bain and The Top of the Standard.

848 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

13. Rose Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel

2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
Gramercy Park Hotel Rose Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel Rose Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel

With its high ceiling, grand chandelier, checkered floor, and velvet chairs, Rose Bar could be an art piece even without the Julian Schnabel-curated works adorning the walls. It’s an ideal date spot, but be prepared to pay hefty prices for the cocktails. Reservations are available until 9 p.m., when the space becomes invitation-only, though the adjacent Jade Bar does nearly as well.

2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

14. The Marlton Hotel

5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
Red stools in front of a marble bar The Marlton [Official Photo]

The Marlton’s cocktail bar is a quiet, understated affair tucked away in the hotel’s lobby between the check-in desk and its French-Mediterranean cafe, Margaux. The bar menu includes various well-crafted cocktails, like the smooth Greenwich Gold (bourbon, honey, lemon, allspice dram), and mastered classics like the old fashioned. In winter time, the lobby fireplace roars and seats surrounding it are in high demand.

5 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

15. The Lobby Bar, The Bowery Hotel

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
The Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar
The Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar
The Bowery Hotel/Facebook

The lack of a real name for the Bowery Hotel’s bar doesn’t do justice to its otherworldly aesthetic. Ornate rugs cover nearly every inch of the floor, chairs have gargoyles carved on their backs, and a dreamy outdoor patio hosts daytime meetings and romantic outings, complete with stiff, proper cocktails. Space is prioritized for hotel guests, but the public is welcome during less-busy hours.

335 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

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16. The Roof, PUBLIC

215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Public Hotel The Roof
Public Hotel The Roof
PUBLIC

Hotelier Ian Schrager packed up and moved his Public concept from Chicago to New York’s Lower East Side in 2017. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet accessible, with large spaces designed for both business and goofing off. An airy lobby bar has a pool table and plenty of comfy seating options, while the more intimate Diego aims to be a next-generation gentleman’s club and offers food from famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But the crown jewel is the roof, where 360-degree views of the city form the backdrop for the sexy, candlelit bar.

215 Chrystie St
New York, NY 10002

17. Westlight, The William Vale

22nd, 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Situated on the 22nd floor of the William Vale, Westlight manages to outdo the Wythe with a sweeping outlook on a wraparound terrace. From Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality, Westlight’s modern design touches and thoughtfully executed food and drinks put it far above the standard rooftop lounge. Stick to classic cocktails rather than overpriced original concoctions.

22nd, 111 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

18. Lemon’s

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The plant-filled bar at Lemon’s at the Wythe Hotel Lemon’s [Official Photo]

The team behind Greenpoint hit Chez Ma Tante took over the Wythe Hotel rooftop to create a space reminiscent of Italy’s colorful Amalfi Coast, complete with summery cocktails. The interior’s warm yellow walls, wicker lamps, and plants galore evoke the feel of a luxe sunroom. Large-format drinks for four and plush outdoor seating areas make the bar a popular spot for groups looking to spend an afternoon sipping and snacking. Sunset, though, is the best time to take advantage of the view of Manhattan’s skyline, whether from inside the bar or out on the wraparound patio.

80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

19. The Lobby Bar, The Ludlow Hotel

180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
The Ludlow Hotel Lobby Bar
The Ludlow Hotel Lobby Bar
The Ludlow Hotel

Adjoining the Dirty French bistro run by the Major Food Group team (Carbone, Parm), the Ludlow Hotel’s snug lounge serves drinks from acclaimed bar director Thomas Waugh. Visitors and guests can take a break by the fireplace to enjoy adventurous cocktails, or wander out to the idyllic outdoor patio in warmer months.

180 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

20. The Bar Room, The Beekman

5 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038
The Beekman Bar Room
The Beekman Bar Room
The Beekman

Downtown hotel bars fight to be the hottest destination of the moment, but the Beekman’s Bar Room all the way down in the Financial District is a drinking oasis with little competition. Part of the hotel’s Tom Colicchio-run restaurant Temple Court, the bar is located at the bottom of a nine-story, Victorian-style atrium that stops first-time visitors in their tracks. Classic cocktails pair perfectly with the literary, vintage decor.

5 Beekman St
New York, NY 10038

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